Les Brown


African-American broadcaster, politician, and motivational speaker

Brown and his twin brother, born in a Miami ghetto, were adopted at six weeks of age by a single woman. He was hyperactive as a child and labeled a slow learner. After high school he became a radio DJ, then broadcasting manager, community activist, political commentator, legislator, emcee, and award-winning motivational speaker and writer, with his own promotional company, commanding over $10,000 per speaking engagement.

He has been married twice and has six children.


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